He was a lifelong member of First Christian Church, where he also served as an elder.
He was a well-known builder in the Cleveland area and served as a past president of the Home Builders Association. He retired from the United States Postal Service. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances Ruth Allen of 60 years; and his parents, Eugene “Gene” and Reba Allen.
He is survived by his three sons: Thomas Kiestler Allen and wife, Rose, of Charleston, Charles David Allen and wife, Brenda, of Lenoir City and Mark Franklin Allen and wife, Kathey, of Manchester; one sister, Martha Wooden and husband, Tom, of Cleveland; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, in the chapel of Ralph Buckner Funeral Home with Pastor Karyn Bogert officiating.
Interment will follow in Hilcrest Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Family members Jason Allen, J.J. Brown, Brian Comer, Ricky Lawson, Danny Wooden and Josh Holder will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Allen family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.